I have recently been asked to list a property that the owner tells me he inherited under his mother’s will. . .

Legal Q&A | Can I list property if the owner doesn’t have a deed?

QUESTION: I have recently been asked to list a property that the owner tells me he inherited under his mother’s will. I called somebody I know who works at the Clerk of Court’s Office and she confirmed that the mother’s estate had been administered and closed more than two years ago, and that she had left everything to her son according to her probated will. I plan on getting a copy of the will for my files, but I am concerned about the fact that he doesn’t have a deed to the property in his name. The tax records show him as the owner, but the last deed to the property I can find in the Register of Deeds Office has his mother’s name on it. Won’t he need a deed to sell the property?


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